Salute della donna e lattazione

Translated title of the contribution: Breastfeeding and women's health

Riccardo Davanzo, Irene Bruno

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The Authors carried out a literature review on the effects of breastfeeding (BF) on women's health to provide an overview of existing evidence. Established knowledge includes the following: exclusive BF for the first six months in the absence of menstrual cycles is a very effective contraceptive method; there is evidence suggesting some protective effect on osteoporosis, breast cancer and cancer of the cervix; there is no evidence of association between BF and post partum depression: on the contrary, BF seems capable to improve self-esteem and to reduce anxiety; BF has a regulatory effect on body weight and does not represent a contraindication to physical exercise; BF does not cause hair loss. In conclusion, BF brings no harm and many benefits to women's health.

Translated title of the contributionBreastfeeding and women's health
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)105-113
Number of pages9
JournalMedico e Bambino
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 28 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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